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Your recoveries, week by week...share please!!

  • majatummy
  • Houston
  • 3 years ago

I am now 2 1/2 weeks. Feeling so much better in many ways, but still pretty tired, and so slow. The issue is no longer pain for me, but it is this constant state of discomfort. My tummy burns and tingles, especially when I go from sitting to standing, but also whenever I move. My sides feel tender and almost bruised, and no matter which garment I wear, they all pinch, or poke or rub somewhere that adds to the joy. Driving or riding in the car is no fun because all the little bumps make me feel the raw sensation of my skin. My belly button is no longer crusty, just has a red ring around it, so it looks pretty good. My scar is still scabby and crusty in places, and it also continues to ooze clear fluid in new places on different mornings!? I look great (except the scar), but must still be swollen in the hips because I still can only wear yoga pants. And I still am slightly bent over standing...can't arch my back at all so my butt looks sunken in. It would be great to hear from a few people a little bit further and get an idea of how long until I start feeling a little more normal...I know it will be several months to totally normal, but I'd like to hear other people's status and get an idea of what I could look forward to in the near term!!

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Hey RS, Tomorrow I make 3 weeks... I guess all is okay. I have so much going on im just overwhelmed. I got a TT wit Lipo to the flanks. I've been in some pain on my lower back/flank aera. Super tender to the touch. I dont know if this is normal? But its driving me crazy.... my wound looks great! Drain came out the other day, thank God!!! A lil more swelling then before. Overall pleased just tired of this discomfort n pain already.... any advise?
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I post about my recovery just about every week :) I am currently on Week 4, day 1.
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I am only 1 week PO today but I feel pretty good. Better thank I expected. I'm having a hard time standing all the way straight. I will update next week!
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I wish I was under weight! I am at 129 and 5'3". At 51 years old I have all the hormone issues etc, so now with a new tummy I am hoping to lose more weight, I have lost almost 9 lbs since surgery! I will keep you posted on the jeans,
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Hi,
I am still in sweats and binder. I tried on my jeans but they were killing me. My stomach is just too sore to wear anything else! I sure hope it doesn't last 6 months. But I am going to try and lose a few more lbs so maybe they will be less tight! They didn't fit before surgery (most of them) because my uterus was so big and swollen i was thinking oh I will be back in them in 6 weeks I can see that is not going to happen.
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I can't even lose weight to get in mine because I am underweight as it is. I am 5'6" and weight 115 right now. I think until everyting softens up it would be hard to feel comfortable in jeans. When it warms up a little more I will try sundresses and maybe skirts. My stomach looks really flat, but it's likely I will wear a differnt size than before, just because it kind of changes your shape in general. Let me know when you conquer the jeans and I'll do the same.
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I am 5 weeks and 3 days and started back to the gym 4 days ago. My stomach looks so good even though it is still swollen! I found a tank top with a compression binder in it for the gym and still wearing my compression garments. I sleep in the one they gave me at the hospital it is the most comfortable but have to have tank top under it. I still have some pain above the belly button I am thinking that it is from where they fixed the muscles. Pain along the incision site but much better. I did an hour on the step mill very slowly! When does all the swelling go away? And I would like to lose about 10 more lbs hoping that doesn't mess things up.
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I am almost 6 weeks and I still have a lot of swelling also. I am flat in the morning, but by the afternoon, my lower belly is a hard bulge from swelling. My ps said this could last 3-6 months, but lets hope not. Until the swelling stops I don't know how you coud ever wear anything but spandex because if you wore jeans they wouldn't allow for the afternoon swelling. Are you still in sweats and spandex or are you able to wear regular clothes?
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I am 6 weeks and 3 days post op today. I am not wearing a binder or garment in the night. Have been wearing a spanx thing during the day. Today have not worn the spanx either but though there is no pain there is a lot of swelling, i dont know if it is because of not wearing the spanx or it would still be there regardless. The swelling is above the belly button also. And it is quite a hard band.
I am going to the doctor on monday, for a 6wk post op appt. let's see what he says.
My scar is healing and looks better as the weeks are going by. I am using palmer's vitamin e oil.
I can sleep side ways and on my back with my legs straight. ( I dont know if it is ok to keep your legs straight when you are sleeping on your back as it does pull at the incision site.) I did do 30 minutes on the treadmill yesterday, but i went slow like at 2.7 instead of 4.2 which I used to do befor the tt.
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I'm just past 5 weeks. My tummy changes every day...sometimes it's puffier below the belly button, sometimes above. Even the appearance of my belly button changes. Depending on which compression garment I wear, I get bumps and ridges in the weirdest places. My abdomen acts like it's made of memory foam!
I don't think any of us will know what our final results are for several months, so be patient, and I agree, don't pay attention to measurements OR weight for a long time.
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I love the way my tummy looks and think it was worth it. I am not going to measure myself until after all the swelling has gone. I can finally stand up straight after 5 weeks. It gets better! my pants are still thirty but my tummy flat!
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Hey guys...new here. I am 2 weeks post op and I am driving my husband crazy!!! I feel a bit deformed.... I can't stand up straight and my butt is turned in....so it is making my lower ab (area between the belly button and my pubis) look really small...... I feel like I will never straighten out.
Also.... I measured myself and I am only down 1inch off my belly and everywhere else is the same.
Does anyone feel like maybe this was too much pain and troubler for a few inches??
Also my upper abs really swell....especially after eating or at the end of the day.....
Am I loosing it here??? Thanks for your support!
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I love my new stomach!! I went down a few inches and I am only 4 weeks post. My pants are down one size but I can wear lower rise jeans and not the mommy high waisted ones I have been. I was standing up just before three weeks and I still have to stand up slower since I feel a mild pull. I would do it over again in a heart beat!

Give yourself a little more time! A lot will change, you are only 2 weeks and still have tons of swelling! At two weeks I could not even button my old jeans and I was up a little in my weight and two weeks later I am 4lbs down
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My upper abs swelled only once and when I put my hand in that area I happened to pop a suture internally. No damage done ( Thankfully) make sure you wear a binder that goes all the way up near your bra ends. I am 2 1/2 weeks Post op . I never walked hunched because the Surgeon I used doesnt believe in that. its important to follow your speciific surgeons instructions because they work differently. ALL my sutures were done internally. I have zero sutures exposed. Every day gets a little easier...Hang in there!
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Yes! It feels like a sunburn inside your skin. I am now 5 weeks post op and will give you some good news. Although there are still periods of tenderness and tightness, the nerve regenerating pain you are talking about was only really bad for a week or so, and now it is mild. It is a good thing as it means the nerves are healing. Hope this helps.
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I am also 2.5 weeks TT post op and am surprised by the burning sensation like majatummy said. It feels so raw. Anyone else experience this post op?
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I just hit 3 weeks post op and have had the "raw achy" sunburned skin feeling for about a week now. It's really bad in the car with a seat belt on. By far the worst part of recovery to me. My tummy doesn't want anything touching it at all. Even light caresses are painful. My PS has me in Ibuprofen x 3 per day which does nothing. I'm so tired of the pain!
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We are in the same boat!!! I just want the pain in my back to go away...... my TT has been fine other then this swelling. I really hate life right about now...
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Oh and now that I have healed to this point and have most of the feeling back in most areas, I do notice how numb I am in the belly button area. And because it's numb, it feels hard, although it really isn't. I'll get used to it just when whatever amount of feeling that is going to return, actually returns. I had a face lift 8 years ago and am still numb in places. As strange as it may seem now, you actually do get used to it.
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Oh and last comment, I swear! When you are weaning yourself from you binder, you are going to feel strange things because you are using muscles you haven't used in 5 weeks. So expect some feeling of uncertainty.
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Thanks Linda. You were really helpful. I was just starting to feel that I felt better 2 weeks ago than I do now, but I guess it's just that I'm getting tired of it all. I think I will do like you and just embrace the binder for another week or two even if it bothers the crap out of me. I am going to the beach in April and have to feel up to a 5 hour drive by then hell or high water.
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so nice to hear that linda50...im a guy and my PS told me today that i graduated and take of binder/spandex. it felt so weird. it always hurts a little more in the late evening.... i am at the gym on treadmill doing 1 hr walking at 3.8 a day. and he said i can start light isometrics. so happy to getting back... any one else??
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linda50..just took off my binder/spandex today because PS said i graduated. i am sure it will feel weird for a few days....i am 4 1/2 weeks out. on treadmill for 1 hr a day at 3.8 and i am a guy soit might be a little different.... any other guys out there??
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OMG! I would have FREAKED out! I had to make my bed today, post op 8 weeks, actually change the sheets and stuff and I worried the entire time that I was doing damage. I can't imagine being in Mexico and having that experience. So glad you are home and healing again. I admire that you were able to handle it so well! I wonder sometimes if I'll ever be 100% sure I won't mess something up. However, that being said, as each week goes by, I do find that I am getting better and my limitations are more mental than physical. Hang in there Maja!
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Hey Linda, I wanted to ask you...I'm about 5 weeks now and the past few days I have noticed that without the binder on I get the nauseous feeling and kind of short of breath. I had stopped wearing it unless I was shopping or something, but now had to put it back on. I kind of figured it might be that the swelling is going down so there is nothing to hold everything in place as I move. Did you ever have that feeling. It is just above the belly button that I feel it. How is your swelling and numbness doing?
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